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Sources: Quinn favorite to be new Cowboys DC

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FRISCO, Texas — Dan Quinn is the favourite to turn out to be the Dallas Cowboys‘ subsequent defensive coordinator, in accordance with sources.

Quinn would take over for Mike Nolan, who was fired final week by coach Mike McCarthy, and would inherit a protection that had one of many worst seasons in Cowboys historical past.

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Quinn, who’s flying to Dallas for his first interview, in accordance with a supply, was fired as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons after 5 video games in 2020 after having held the job since 2015. He posted a 43-42 report and took the Falcons to the Tremendous Bowl in his second season.

Going with Quinn can be a sign of a return to the scheme the Cowboys employed from 2013 to ’19 below Monte Kiffin, Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard.

Quinn, 50, was the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator in 2013-14 earlier than changing into Atlanta’s head coach. He employed a 4-3 scheme that principally used a single-high security look and helped the Seahawks to consecutive Tremendous Bowl appearances. The Seahawks completed No. 1 in yards and factors allowed in his two seasons.

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Proprietor and normal supervisor Jerry Jones was keen to maneuver away from the scheme the Cowboys utilized in McCarthy’s first 12 months as a result of he thought it was too simplistic. Nolan introduced a hybrid protection that will use a number of coverages and disguises that will confuse offenses, however that by no means actually occurred.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nolan and the defensive workers needed to implement their new protection nearly, with none advantage of on-field work till a shortened coaching camp started. The early outcomes had been disastrous, with the Cowboys permitting at the very least 34 factors in 5 of the primary six video games.

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Nolan simplified the scheme early within the season, however the protection by no means actually took maintain. The Cowboys allowed probably the most factors in franchise historical past (473) and completed with the Thirty first-ranked run protection.

A part of the issue was not becoming the scheme to the gamers. Defensive linemen used to attacking upfield to disrupt performs had been now requested to carry up blockers. Linebackers didn’t play downhill and had been typically late in making their selections or had been wolfed up by greater offensive linemen.

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In his two years as Seattle’s coordinator, Quinn had a group that was constructed on protection with the likes of Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.

He wouldn’t inherit that kind of expertise in Dallas. DeMarcus Lawrence is the highest-paid Cowboy and carried out properly in 2020, though he had simply 6.5 sacks. Jaylon Smith led the Cowboys in tackles, however there’s some query about his future with the group due to potential salary-cap issues. Leighton Vander Esch, a first-round choose in 2018, missed six video games with a damaged collarbone and excessive ankle sprain.

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Three members of the secondary — security Xavier Woods and cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis — are set to turn out to be free brokers. So is pass-rusher Aldon Smith.

The Cowboys really feel cornerback Trevon Diggs and defensive deal with Neville Gallimore, their second- and third-round picks in 2020, have excessive ceilings, and second-year security Donovan Wilson made performs when he moved into the beginning lineup.

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